Plans have been finalized to clean up a toxic waste site on Raritan Bay.

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New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone made the announcement Friday at the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund site in Old Bridge with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA says it will cost about $79 million to remove contaminated material from the site.

Elevated levels of lead, arsenic and copper were found at the site where blast furnaces operated in the 1960s and 70s. The site was put on the EPA's Superfund priorities list in 2009.

Pallone also announced Friday he has reintroduced a bill to restore a tax on oil and gas companies that would replenish a fund used to clean up toxic waste sites.

 

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